Lenovo ThinkStation S30
Continuing to push the performance envelope are Lenovo 30-Series workstations built around Intel Xeon E5 processors. The CRN Test Center focused in on the S30, a midrange system that gives resellers a choice between Xeon E5 1600- and 2600-series processors packing from four to eight cores and up to 16 threads. Other options include discrete GPUs from Nvidia, multiterabyte SAS, SATA and SSD storage configurations with RAID-5 support and as much as 128 GB of RAM. Inputs include 10 USB 2.0 (two in front) and two USB 3.0 ports, and a 25-in-1 card reader. The cabinet, drives and many of its innards can be serviced without tools. The systems are certified for use with design software from Adobe, Autodesk, PTC, SolidWorks and Siemens. Add sturdy carry handles for a solid, versatile system worthy of the Lenovo name with list prices starting at $1,029.